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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
White Lung @ Saint Vitus - 6/25/14
The menacing Vancouver punks White Lung descended upon NYC last night (6/25) for their first of two shows here on their current tour with Pop. 1280. Last night's show was a sold out one at Saint Vitus and was easily the longest I've ever seen them play (about a half hour), and they were typically in great form. Guitarist Kenny Williams wailed away at his impossibly effortless, highly intricate riffage, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou and bassist (and Wax Idols singer) Hether Fortune kept the rhythm section tight as hell, and singer Mish Way was a powerhouse as always, a ferocious punk singer but one with rock star abilities that are way too big for Saint Vitus (in a good way).
Their set included most of their excellent new album, Deep Fantasy, plus highlights from their still-great 2012 LP Sorry ("Thick Lip," "Take The Mirror") and non-album favorites like "Blow It South." The crowd was loving all of it but it was definitely those Sorry cuts that really got the place going (the new album is only a week old). At one point Mish sarcastically remarked about the place being too quiet between songs, but as soon as "Thick Lip" started, beer was sprayed on stage and the crowd erupted.
Tourmates Pop. 1280 provided direct support with a solid set of their gothed-out post-punk, and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform opened the show with a 5-ish minute set of hardcore-inspired noise. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
White Lung and Pop. 1280 do it again tonight (6/26) at Mercury Lounge, which is an early-ish show (6:30 doors, over by 9 PM) and tickets are still available. Uniform next play opening for Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall next week (tickets) as part of Ascetic House's Independence Day weekend in NYC.
More pictures from last night, below...